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Lance Armstrong back riding on French roads
July 17, 2015 (06:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
It was like old times this morning outside Lance Armstrongs team bus on stage 13 of the Tour de France, albeit a day ahead of the race proper, and more so for the assembled journalists and photographers than Armstrong himself. Rather tentatively, Armstrong walked down the steps of the Le Tour One Day Ahead coach and into the sunlight at eight o clock sharp. A sometimes unruly swarm of around 50 reporters had gathered to meet him in the carpark of a Leader Price supermarket in sleepy, unsuspecting Vernet, a few hundred metres from where the Tour peloton will begin its 198.5km journey to Rodez tomorrow. The locals had apparently stayed in bed. The first question came immediately: Lance, how is it to be in France?ADVERTISEMENT Its nice to be back, yeah, Armstrong replied, smiling. It was then put to him that many who are following and riding the Tour itself have taken a dim view of his participation in former footballer Geoff Thomass charity ride, which aims to raise a million pounds for CureLeukemia. I understand peoples reactions, Armstrong said. I understand there are still some hurt feelings and thats a process Ill walk through for a long, long time. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Lance Armstrong makes controversial Tour de France return
July 17, 2015 (00:30) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
Like an unwanted ghost, Lance Armstrong has returned to the fringes of the Tour de France on a money-raising ride ahead of the showcase race he once ruled.The American, stripped of his seven Tour victories for doping, set off last... More...
Armstrong makes low key return to Tour for charity (Reuters)
July 16, 2015 (17:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Anthony Paone VENERQUE, France (Reuters) - Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong made a low key return to the Tour de France on Thursday when the American cancer survivor set off on a charity ride that follows the route of this year's race. Dozens of journalists were in attendance at a supermarket car park in southern France ahead of the 43-year-old's ride to Rodez, but no fans were there to greet the Texan. Armstrong, who was stripped of the seven Tour titles he won from 1999-2005 after admitting to doping following years of denials, is taking part in Geoff Thomas's 'One Day Ahead' charity event. More...
Cycling-Armstrong makes low key return to Tour for charity (Reuters)
July 16, 2015 (12:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Anthony Paone VENERQUE, France, July 16 (Reuters) - Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong made a low key return to the Tour de France on Thursday when the American cancer survivor set off on a charity ride that follows the route of this year's race. Dozens of journalists were in attendance at a supermarket car park in southern France ahead of the 43-year-old's ride to Rodez, but no fans were there to greet the Texan. Armstrong, who was stripped of the seven Tour titles he won from 1999-2005 after admitting to doping following years of denials, is taking part in Geoff Thomas's 'One Day Ahead' charity event. More...
The Latest: Armstrong returns to fringe of Tour de France (The Associated Press)
July 16, 2015 (12:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
LANNEMEZAN, France (AP) -- LANNEMEZAN, France (AP) - The latest from the 12th stage of the Tour de France (all times local). More...
Cycling-Armstrong makes low key return to Tour for charity (Reuters)
July 16, 2015 (10:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Anthony Paone VENERQUE, France, July 16 (Reuters) - Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong made a low key return to the Tour de France on Thursday when the American cancer survivor set off on a charity ride that follows the route of this year's race. Dozens of journalists were in attendance at a supermarket car park in southern France ahead of the 43-year-old's ride to Rodez, but no fans were there to greet the Texan. Armstrong, who was stripped of the seven Tour titles he won from 1999-2005 after admitting to doping following years of denials, is taking part in Geoff Thomas's 'One Day Ahead' charity event. More...
The Latest: Armstrong returns to fringe of Tour de France
July 16, 2015 (10:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LANNEMEZAN, France (AP) " LANNEMEZAN, France (AP) " The latest from the 12th stage of the Tour de France (all times local).___9.30 a.m.Like an unwanted ghost, Lance Armstrong has returned to the fringes of the Tour de France... More...
The Latest: Armstrong returns to fringe of Tour de France (The Associated Press)
July 16, 2015 (10:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
LANNEMEZAN, France (AP) -- LANNEMEZAN, France (AP) - The latest from the 12th stage of the Tour de France (all times local). More...
Cycling-Armstrong on Tour de France route a non-event, says Froome (Reuters)
July 16, 2015 (07:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Julien Pretot CAUTERETS, France, July 15 (Reuters) - Lance Armstrong's controversial presence on the route of the Tour de France as part of a charity ride is a non-event, yellow jersey holder Chris Froome said on Wednesday. Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Tour titles after admitting to doping following years of denial and bullying of those who confronted him, is taking part in Geoff Thomas's 'One Day Ahead' operation. The American will join former England footballer Thomas and a team of amateurs, who are aiming to raise one million pounds ($1.57 million) for Cure Leukaemia, by cycling in two stages a day before the official peloton goes through. More...
Team Sky faces scrutiny for employing former US Postal soigneur
July 16, 2015 (06:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Team Sky came under further scrutiny today at the Tour de France after The Telegraph reported a former US Postal Service soigneur is currently on their staff. Peter Verbeken, who worked with Sky as a carer for two seasons and now manages the teams service course in Belgium, worked with Lance Armstrongs US Postal Service team for at least six months in 1999, according to The Telegraph, which also reported that sources suggest Verbeken could have been employed with US Postal for two seasons. Verbeken worked on a freelance basis with US Postal in 1999, according to The Telegraph, joining the team at a number of races,including Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana. He joined Team Sky from HTC-Highroad in 2012.ADVERTISEMENT Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford told The Telegraph there was no suggestion Verbeken had done anything wrong, and that Verbeken had gone through our recruitment process like everybody else. Although there is no evidence to suggest Verbeken was involved with US Postals doping programme,The Telegraph argued that Skys zero-tolerance policy should make them ultra cautious about employing a person linked with the US Postal team, and Verbekens employment called into questions Skys recruitment process. A Team Sky spokesperson defended the teams zero-tolerance policy and recruitment, however, telling The Telegraph Sky have taken a leadership position on anti-doping since their inception. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Lance Armstrong: Tour de France doping questions about Froome are my fault
July 16, 2015 (06:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Lance Armstrong took some of the blame for the doping accusations levelled recently against Tour de France winner Chris Froome, saying in an interview with Sky Sports News HQ that he can empathise with riders having to answer questions about doping during the middle of the Tour. "I know what that is like for a guy like Chris to be in the middle of the Tour, to deal with the constant questions, which of course he is, and to be fair and to be honest, a lot of that is my fault, Armstrong said in the interview, which took place ahead of his participation in a charity ride along the Tour route on Thursday and Friday. "A lot of people ask those questions, they see his style, they see his performance, they see the time gaps, they see the cadence and they think, 'This guy is just another one of them, Armstrong said."I feel bad about that. Whoever is winning the Tour de France in 2015 should not be answering questions about someone who won it 10 or 15 years ago. That's just not legitimate. Thats just not fair."ADVERTISEMENT Froome was the subject of doping allegations following the release of leaked power data from his 2013 Tour de France win and his race-shattering ride during stage 10. For his own part, Froome dismissed Armstrongs participation at the charity ride, which benefits cancer research, as a non-event, sayingArmstrongs participation in the charity ride had nothing to do with the Tour de France. Hes not on the start line of the Tour de France or anything like that," Froome said. Armstrong had previously raised some internet hackles with a post on Twitterfollowing Froomes stage 10 ride, writing, Clearly Froome/Porte/Sky are very strong. Too strong to be clean? Don't ask me, I have no clue." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Froome dismisses Lance Armstrongs return to France for charity ride, Thomas more critical
July 16, 2015 (06:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Chris Froome (Team Sky) has dismissed Lance Armstrongs presence in France to ride stages of the Tour de France a day before the race as a non-event, with his teammate Geraint Thomas even more critical, suggesting that the riders in the current peloton are paying the price for the damage Armstrong did to the sport in the past. Armstrong will team up with cancer survivor and British professional soccer player Geoff Thomas on Thursday and Friday to ride stages 13 and 14 of the Tour de France with other volunteers. The ride will be the closest Armstrong has come to the Tour de France since his seven Tour de France victories were eradicated from the record books after the detailed USADA doping investigationexposed years of doping. Thomas is convinced Armstrong has a right to return to France during the Tour de France and can play a role in raising funds to help fight cancer. His critics, including UCI president Brian Cookson, are not convinced. It is undesirable, Cookson said. "I think it is disrespectful. I think there are plenty of ways of raising money for charity that Lance could do."ADVERTISEMENT Armstrong is hoping for forgiveness and warm welcome in France, but Froome and Thomas made their thoughts on his return to France very clear. Hes not back at the Tour," Froome pointed out. "Hes not on the start line of the Tour de France or anything like that." What he's actually doing is helping Geoff Thomas' cause to raise money for blood cancer research. As Ive said, I support his (Geoff Thomas) cause. Its a cause very close to my heart. I wish Geoff Thomas and the guys all the best in raising as much money as they can. As with Lance, as I said, hes not on the start line with us. Its a non-event for us. Geraint Thomas is always often more open and direct than his team leader and insisted he couldnt care about Armstrong. I couldnt care less what hes doing, the Welshman said as he warmed down on the rollers after helping Froome defend the yellow jersey during stage 11 to Cauterets. Hes done enough harm. Were playing the price for the damage hes done. Whatever. Were just in our own little world having a laugh here at the Tour, doing what were doing. Lance and all them, they can do whatever they want. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Cycling-Armstrong on Tour de France route a non-event, says Froome (Reuters)
July 15, 2015 (20:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Julien Pretot CAUTERETS, France, July 15 (Reuters) - Lance Armstrong's controversial presence on the route of the Tour de France as part of a charity ride is a non-event, yellow jersey holder Chris Froome said on Wednesday. Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Tour titles after admitting to doping following years of denial and bullying of those who confronted him, is taking part in Geoff Thomas's 'One Day Ahead' operation. The American will join former England footballer Thomas and a team of amateurs, who are aiming to raise one million pounds ($1.57 million) for Cure Leukaemia, by cycling in two stages a day before the official peloton goes through. More...
Lance Armstrong, Markel Irizar and others react to Basso cancer news
July 14, 2015 (06:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Ivan Basso hasn't been short of well wishers since he announced that he had been diagnosed with testicular cancer in a rest-day press conference at the Tour de France on Monday. The 37-year-old had felt a pain in his left testicle ever sincea minor crash on stage 5 and after examination from the Tinkoff-Saxo medical staff and x-rays in the Tours mobile radiology unit, hospital tests in Pau on Monday morning confirmed he had a cancerous lump. He has left the race as he begins his recovery. Lance Armstrong was one of many to take to Twitter to voice support for Basso. The American himself suffered from testicular cancer in the late 1990s before recovering and making a successful return to cycling.ADVERTISEMENT Thinking about @ivanbasso and wishing him the very best as he embarks on his cancer journey. #IvanSTRONG!! " Lance Armstrong (@lancearmstrong) July 13, 2015 He was joined by another cyclist who has suffered from testicular cancer in the past, Markel Irizar. The 35-year-old Spaniard, who is currently at the Tour with Trek Factory Racing, fell ill back in 2002 before making a full recovery. All the best to @ivanbasso ! You will get recovered as I did 13 years ago! #fight " Markel Irizar (@Markelirizar) July 13, 2015 " Alberto Contador (@albertocontador) July 13, 2015 " Oleg Tinkov (@olegtinkov) July 13, 2015 " Michael Rogers (@mickrogers) July 13, 2015 " Jens Voigt (@thejensie) July 13, 2015 " Astana Pro Team (@AstanaTeam) July 13, 2015 " Mark Cavendish (@MarkCavendish) July 13, 2015 " Giro d'Italia (@giroditalia) July 13, 2015 " stefano feltrin (@stefelt) July 13, 2015 You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Armstrong girlfriend must testify, Landis to produce records (The Associated Press)
July 03, 2015 (03:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Lance Armstrong's girlfriend can be questioned under oath about what she knows of his doping past, and his former teammate-turned-antagonist Floyd Landis will have to turn over records of investigations into his own previous doping case, a federal judge has decided. This week's ruling from Judge Christopher Cooper in Washington, D.C., comes in a bitter struggle over pending testimony and records in a case that could hit Armstrong with more than $100 million in penalties, of which Landis could collect a large portion. Armstrong had tried to block attempts by Landis and the government to question Anna Hansen, the mother of two of Armstrong's children. More...
Armstrong girlfriend must testify, Landis to produce records
July 02, 2015 (19:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) " The judge presiding over the federal government's fraud lawsuit against Lance Armstrong has ruled that the cyclist's girlfriend will have to give sworn testimony.Judge Christopher Cooper in Washington, D.C.,... More...
Armstrong girlfriend must testify, Landis to produce records (The Associated Press)
July 02, 2015 (19:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
The judge presiding over the federal government's fraud lawsuit against Lance Armstrong has ruled that the cyclist's girlfriend will have to give sworn testimony. Judge Christopher Cooper in Washington, D.C., also ruled that former teammate Floyd Landis must turn over records of investigations into his own previous doping case. Anna Hansen will have to give a deposition in the case but will be limited to two hours. More...
Lance Armstrong set to ride section of Tour de France route
June 28, 2015 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Despite previous calls from UCI President Brian Cookson to stay away, Lance Armstrong is still planning on riding part of this years Tour de France route for charity. Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in 2012 by USADA, will take to the roads of France on July 16 and 17as part of a Cure Leukaemia group of riders led by ex-England footballer Geoff Thomas. According to a report from the BBC, Armstrong will link up with the group of amateur riders who are planning on riding the entire race route a day before the professional peloton tackles each stage. "We know Lance's involvement has split opinion so we've tried to be as respectful as possible," Thomas told the BBC. "The stages Lance will be riding come toward the end of week two when I know all the [charity] riders will need some support. I know his arrival will give them the encouragement they will need to carry on with this gruelling challenge and in turn raise as much money as possible for blood cancer patients." The organised ride plans to generate over 1m for charity, while Armstrong will take on stage 13 from Muret to Rodez and stage 14 from Rodez to Mende. However, in March, Cookson stated: "I'm sure that Geoff Thomas means well, but frankly, I think that's completely inappropriate and disrespectful to the Tour, disrespectful to the current riders, and disrespectful to the UCI and the anti-doping community.ADVERTISEMENT I think Lance would be well-advised not to take part in that." You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Olds re-signs with former team Al-Cipollini
June 27, 2015 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Italian team Al-Cipollini announced on Friday that they have re-signed American sprinter Shelley Olds for the remainder of the 2015 season. The news comes just one day after her previous team Bigla Pro Cycling announced that they had mutually parted ways with Olds and director Manel Lacambra, effective immediately. Olds raced with Al-Cipollini during the 2014 season but left the team after signing a contract with Bigla Pro Cycling that started in January. I asked President Alessia Piccolo to come back and I am very glad she accepted. I am here for the team, Olds said in a statement from the Al-Cipollini team. I felt great here, Olds said. It was like a big family but at the same time a group that worked really hard. I felt great with my teammates and the staff, with the President first of all."ADVERTISEMENT Al-Cipollinis director Fortunato Lacquaniti echoed the teams support for Olds return saying, Shelley Olds is a great athlete. I am glad to have her back, she can be a great example for the young girls who will have a lot to learn from her. She finds some athletes she had as teammates before and that she knows very well. Shelley Olds is an expert athlete who knows how to face races and who is able to give us a lot, especially in great races. Olds raced for Al-Cipollini last year, and she previously spent a season with Tibco (2013), AA Drink (2012) and Diadora-Pasta Zara (2011). During the first half of this year, while racing under the Bigla Pro Cycling outfit, she was fourth at World Cups in Philadelphia and Chongming Island, and second at EPZ Omloop van Borsele WE. It seems, however, that the working situation between Olds and Bigla Pro Cycling did not work out but that they mutually and amicably parted ways. Bigla released a statement on Thursday regarding the immediate release of Lacambra and Olds that read, We are sad to see Manel and Shelley leave," team manager Thomas Campana said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Small joins Bigla Pro Cycling for the remainder of 2015
June 27, 2015 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Carmen Small has joined the Bigla Pro Cycling team for the remainder of the 2015 season. Small has been riding in the US with the TWENTY16 presented by Sho-Air for the first part but moves to the team with immediate effect. The switch allows Small, who recently won the Chrono de Gatineau at the start of June, more racing in Europe. This is a great opportunity to finish the year off strong by being able to compete in European races with one of the best teams in the world, Small said in a team statement. I could not pass up the opportunity, the team's goals and my personal goals line up very well. "It isn't without a feeling of sadness that I will be leaving Twenty16 presented by Sho-Air for the remainder of the season to race in Europe," Small said. "I have much gratitude and appreciation for the team and sponsors, they have been a tremendous support this season and I could not have been successful without all their help. I wish the team future success."ADVERTISEMENT The announcement comes just a day after it was confirmed that Smalls US teammate Shelley Olds would be leaving the team after just half a season. There was no further explanation regarding Olds departure. Small is twice a world team time trial champion with Specialized-Lululemon, she also claimed third in the individual event in 2013 - where she finished 28 seconds behind the winner Ellen van Dijk. Small left Specialized at the end of the season as the team struggled to find new sponsors. She recently claimed victory in the Pan American championships in May and went on to finish second to Kristin Armstrong at the US National time trial championships later the same month, and the team is hoping that she can help them to success in Richmond later this season. The 35-year-old American made news recently when she took part in the mens event in the North Star Grand Prix, riding for Elbowz racing, an experience she gained much from. The experience riding with the men at NSGP was very rewarding and beneficial in many ways, said Small. At just a fitness standpoint I could not have had better training. I think I did bring some light onto women's racing and I hope I showed that we are at a very high level of racing. That said, I am more than excited to race with women again. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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